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won four of their past six
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Theres one question swimmers wont hear this month around the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro: What are you wearing?Olympic coaches and swimmers would prefer it remain that way, never wanting to go back to the swimsuit wars that culminated with a ludicrous display of speed at the 2009 world championships.Yet, the big-money swimsuit companies -- so crucial to the sports financial viability -- are always pressing to show off their high-tech chops, which are severely crimped by rules that restrict the size and fabrics for competition swimsuits.Some are wondering just how long the status quo will remain in place after the Rio Games end on Aug. 21.I do believe there will be something thats coming, American swimmer Elizabeth Beisel said. Whether its in the next five years, 10 years, who knows? But itll get back to where it was, for sure.That prospect is anathema to those who remember what happened seven years ago in Rome, when a decade of radical changes in swimsuit design led to the introduction of rubberized bodysuits.Forty-three world records were set at a meet that was more farce than competition, leading governing body FINA to hastily impose new swimsuit rules that mandated only textile fabrics, banned zippers and restricted the amount of coverage from the waist to the top of the knees for men -- so-called jammers -- and to the upper body and upper legs for women.While the swimsuit companies still tout the quality of their suits and push the limits as far as they can within the rules, its clear they would like a little more leeway.It definitely unleashes a little more creativity and innovation if the rules are relaxed a bit, said Todd Mitchell, who helped develop Michael Phelps signature swimsuit line for Aqua Sphere.Kate Wilton, the senior director of merchandising and design at Speedo, said the current rules forced the swimsuit giant to change its design approach.A lot more energy now goes into the actual design of the suit and its print, she said. The suits have become more colorful.But, Wilton added, obviously, we love it when people can push innovation a little bit more.Specifically, she mentioned the idea of allowing the mens suits to cover more of their bodies.If that happens, well be ready, she said.Speedo was on the cutting edge of the swimsuit wars with its revolutionary LZR Racer, which was developed with help from NASAs wind tunnel testing facilities and became the go-to attire heading into the 2008 Beijing Olympics.With polyurethane incorporated into the fabric and strategically placed panels that compressed the body in key spots, the suit helped a swimmer stay higher in the water and minimize resistance -- essentially mimicking the effect of a dolphin gliding through the ocean.Phelps was wearing the LZR when he won a record eight gold medals in China, famously capturing a $1 million bonus from Speedo. But by the following summer, the suit was basically rendered obsolete by the fully rubberized models that led the assault on the record books in Rome.Pretty much anybody could swim fast in those suits, Beisel said. Now, you definitely need to be a hard worker and have some yardage and stuff under your belt. You cant just rely on the suits to make you fast anymore.USA Swimming wants to keep it that way, but also knows that swimsuit companies have huge influence within the sport.Its not that we are opposed to science, but we want the performance on the athletes to be gauged on their hard work, on what theyre able to accomplish without technological aids, specifically swimsuits, said Chuck Wielgus, executive director of USA Swimming. The swimming suit manufacturers are always pushing the envelope, and thats understandable, and then they become sponsors of governing bodies. This is what happens in Washington D.C., right, with our government?Cornel Marculescu, who runs FINA, insisted there is nothing on the table to change the current suit rules.We dont have any big issue in this, he said.There is still room for innovation.Speedo, for instance, unveiled the Fastskin LZR Racer X for the Rio Olympics, touting a one-way stretch technology that allows more flexibility, a thinner fabric around the core of the womens suit to provide better feel of the water, and an X strip across the backside -- hence the suits name -- to give a bit more power and snap off the turns.Then theres the new kid on the block, Aqua Sphere, which developed a suit for Phelps signature MP line that uses two different fabrics to create a material known as Exo-Core, hoping to provide both the compression and the flexibility desired by the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.Thats one advantage of being newer in the space, Mitchell said. Michael wants a suit thats fast, compressive and hydrodynamic. He wants it to be flexible. When you have a wide-open canvas, it gives you room to innovate.While everyone agrees that top-of-line racing suits help swimmers go faster than something just off a store shelf, theres also a recognition that much of the edge is psychological.Some of it is the placebo effect, lets be honest, said Bruce Gemmell, who coaches American star Katie Ledecky.I think theyre all about the same, he said of the suits, before jokingly adding, Im never going to get a suit contract!Actually, thats just the way the swimmers want it.I know the suit rules are there to make it equal for everyone, said Missy Franklin, who won four gold medals at the 2012 London Games. Thats what is most important.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at . His work can be found at . Nike Sf Air Force 1 Pas Cher . With his new coach and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker watching him during an official match for the first time, Djokovic appeared tentative early against the Slovakian player, who often appeared content to keep the ball in play. Air Force 1 Low Noir . Now tied for second in the league in shootout goals, the 24-year-old likes to see what the opposing goaltender has in store before he ultimately lands on a move. . -- Playing time has been limited for Maxim Tissot this season, so the Montreal Impact defender made the most of his first scoring opportunity on Saturday. Air Force 1 Basse Noir . -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration. Nike Air Force One Low Pas Cher . The Olympic champion curler and TSN curling analyst immediately went online to look at the Halls long list of honoured members. Thats when the enormity of the honour sunk in. BOSTON -- Just when the Boston Bruins were playing some of their best defense of the season, they lose their No. 1 defenseman to an injury.Captain Zdeno Chara left with an unspecified injury after taking one shift in the second period during the Bruins 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.He did not join the Bruins on Wednesday for their flight to Ottawa to face the Senators on Thursday, and Claude Julien said the 2009 Norris Trophy winner was doubtful for Calgary on Friday.Chara has one goal and five assists in 19 games this season. His team-high 22:41 of ice time per game will also be difficult to replace.We just lost our best defender and teams hate playing against him, and thats the kind of impact hes got, Julien said. Now theres no individual thats going to step up and do his job more than were going to have to do it as a group.The Bruins received some positive news Wednesday, as defenseman Kevan Miller, who has missed the start of the season after fracturing his left hand, and forward David Pastrnak, who leads the Bruins with 10 goals, were cleared to play against Ottawa. Pastrnak had missed three games with an undisclosed injury.Both Miller and Pastrnak practiced on Wednesday.The Bruins have won four of their past six and eight of their past 12 games. Prior to their loss to the Blues, the Bruins had allowed two or fewer goals in five straight games, including foour wins.ddddddddddddaving Chara out of the lineup will put the onus not just on the defensemen, but the rest of the team to keep the opposition off the scoreboard.I think everybody together as a group has really come together and embraced our identity and the style of play that we want to emphasize and I think thats one of the reasons weve had success, defenseman John-Michael Liles said.Losing `Z is a big loss, but I think if we continue to play the style that weve really focused on the last little while, I think we can continue to have success.When the Bruins were without Chara because of a torn knee ligament during the 2014-15 season, they went 11-7-1.This time they will rely upon veterans such as Liles, Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid. Nineteen-year-old Brandon Carlo has thrived as Charas regular defense partner this season, and the rookie will have to figure out how to play without the captain.Carlo has two goals and two assists in 19 games and has averaged just 20 fewer seconds per game than Chara.Hes a pretty good player anyway, and he can still play in this league without Zdeno, Julien said.When youre missing your No. 1 defenseman, when youre playing with him, theres no doubt it affects you. But hes still a good enough player to overcome that. ' ' '

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